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Subject: Deckle Edging
Date Posted: 10/31/2009 7:45 PM ET
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Occasionally we've had topics in this forum about raggedy edged books and whether they're a problem or not. I know we've always said "not, that's just a deckle edge", but look what I found on Amazon just now.

They've added "[DECKLE EDGE]" to the title and if you scroll down, there's a photo and this text:

This Book Is Bound with "Deckle Edge" Paper
You may have noticed that some of our books are identified as "deckle edge" in the title. Deckle edge is when the pages of a book are made to resemble handmade paper by applying a frayed texture to the edges. Deckle edge is an ornamental feature designed to set certain titles apart from books with machine-cut pages. See a larger image.

It makes me wonder how many returned books and complaints they've had about this!

Date Posted: 10/31/2009 8:39 PM ET
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I have both Vision in White and Bed of Roses with the "Deckle Edge". I like it and would think that people should know that this is a special type of edging only used on a few books. But you never know.

Date Posted: 10/31/2009 10:46 PM ET
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My guess is a LOT, with how much business Amazon does, and the general stupidity of some people. Seriously, I bought this Deluxe Set of CDs once off of Amazon, and saw someone complaining that the fifth disc didn't work in their CD player, so they returned the set. Well, no, of course it didn't work in your CD player, because as it said clearly IN THE DESCRIPTION (in several places) as well as on the packaging and the disc itself, the fifth disc in the set is a live concert DVD.

How much do you want to bet that there'll still be several idiots who want to return their 'defective' books?

Really, even back when I got my first book with the deckle edging, and wasn't sure what it was, I still never saw it as something to complain about. Personally, I don't care for the style (I get lots more paper cuts on those books), but I didn't think having a book with rough page edges was a big deal. Though, I did wonder if they were nuts when I learned that they did it on purpose.